‘American Dream’ Achieved at the Expense of African Americans?

Source: The Guardian At the start of black history month in the US, we take a look at a seminal speech by the writer, essayist, poet and civil rights activist James Baldwin. At Cambridge University Union in 1965, Baldwin debates whether the ‘American dream’ has been achieved at the expense of African-Americans. Following is a brief snippet of that debate. … Read more ‘American Dream’ Achieved at the Expense of African Americans?

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

By Imam Khalid Fattah Griggs, Chairman of ICNA Council for Social Justice The recent extrajudicial police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota are dramatic and damnable examples of America’s centuries-long unresolved, racist dysfunctional relationship with African American people, particularly males. Police officers across the country have executed African Americans on the streets … Read more The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

ICNA Activist Advocates for Felons’ Vote in Virginia

Source: Mount Vernon Voice A local advocate for restoring voting rights to former felons, Mohamed B. Rahman, was invited to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announcement of his executive order restoring the civil rights of 206,000 former felons in Virginia on April 22. He may even have planted the idea. “I have been engaged in community work on this issue for three … Read more ICNA Activist Advocates for Felons’ Vote in Virginia

We Need to Talk About an Injustice – Bryan Stevenson

Source: TED.COM In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which … Read more We Need to Talk About an Injustice – Bryan Stevenson

America’s ‘Peculiar Institution’: Slavery and the Making of a Nation

By Imam Khalid Griggs Slavery, in all its hideous iterations throughout history, was, paradoxically, the outgrowth of “civilization.” In more primitive groupings of human beings such as hunters/gatherers or subsistence farmers, slaves would have been viewed as burdensome additions to an already tenuous existence. There was no hidden or apparent advantage in being responsible for the food and shelter of … Read more America’s ‘Peculiar Institution’: Slavery and the Making of a Nation

Recalling the Legacy: El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X

By Imam Khalid Griggs One of the most transcendent leaders of the 20th century was El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. In the relatively short lifespan of 39 years, Brother Malcolm captivated the imagination of struggling people of African descent and the Muslim world while inspiring organized resistance to institutional racism, both at home and abroad. Despite the fact that … Read more Recalling the Legacy: El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X

The police beating that opened America’s eyes to Jim Crow’s brutality

Source: The Conversation On the evening of February 12, 1946, Isaac Woodard, a 26-year-old black Army veteran, boarded a bus in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier that day, he’d been honorably discharged, and he was heading to Winnsboro, South Carolina to reunite with his wife. The bus driver made a stop en route. When Woodard asked if he had time to use … Read more The police beating that opened America’s eyes to Jim Crow’s brutality

ICNA Appalled at Trump’s Presidential Campaign Ad

Source: ICNA.ORG Islamic Circle of North America is appalled by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign ad released today. Trump’s racist, bigoted politics of division will separate Americans rather than focusing on the immense challenges facing our nation. Muslim Americans are as deeply rooted in the United States as any other religious faith, and have been an integral part of our society. … Read more ICNA Appalled at Trump’s Presidential Campaign Ad

Grand jury indicts 15 on gang terrorism charges for parading Confederate flags through black child’s party

Source: Rawstory A grand jury in Douglas County, Georgia handed down indictments for 15 members of a pro-Confederate flag group that crashed a black child’s birthday party and harassed attendees in July. According to Atlanta’s Fox 5 News, Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner announced the indictments on Monday against members of a pro-Confederate organization called Respect the Flag. Fortner … Read more Grand jury indicts 15 on gang terrorism charges for parading Confederate flags through black child’s party

Sorry, Islamophobes: Your Anti-Muslim Rallies Ended Up Inspiring Acts Of Love And Service

Source: Huffington Post A loosely affiliated group of armed protestors organized anti-Muslim hate rallies across the country on Friday and Saturday. But instead of dividing the communities they targeted, news about the rallies strengthened bonds between interfaith allies and inspired numerous acts of community service around the U.S. Grassroots organizers behind the so-called “Global Rally For Humanity” used Facebook to encourage “fellow patriots” to protest Islam … Read more Sorry, Islamophobes: Your Anti-Muslim Rallies Ended Up Inspiring Acts Of Love And Service